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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: As a fan supporter the athletics department provided many ways for the students to be able to participate in the athletic events. There were always opportunities were nonathletic students could participate in, such as working at the games or for the athletic offices. As for the other fans they always provided freebies and equipment for the fans to come to the games. The school spirit was always at the top.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Our players work very hard in class and on our teams. Some of our teams are not the best, but most sporting events are still a good time for students. Our current athletic facilities are average, but recent construction promises a higher quality in the future.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I personally am not very invested in the sports on campus. However, we are a D1 Varsity school, and there is definitely opportunity to get into the athletics.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity athletics are definitely gaining more support as years go on. We're in the process of getting a completely new athletic center for both varsity athletes and non-athletes.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The student body gets excited when teams do well, but otherwise does not pay much attention to the sports teams.


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There is no question that basketball is the most popular sport on campus. Holy Cross is in the Patriot League, the champion of which is guaranteed a place in the NCAA tournament. Although Holy Cross hasn’t won the tournament since 1948, the school is now focusing on strengthening both its men’s and women’s programs. Football is also popular, but it’s mostly about the tailgating. Although Holy Cross hasn’t fielded a competitive team in about 30 years, alumni flock to football games and tend to stick around for the first half—while there is still a chance of a Crusader victory—and leave once defeat is imminent.

Club and intramural sports at Holy Cross are somewhat spotty, and generally operate on student interest. The men’s rugby team, a stalwart club sport, was disbanded in fall 2003 for a period of five years. Other club teams vary in activity—although most dormant teams can easily be re-started by a few enterprising students. Many of the club sports, which are run out of the Student Programs office and not affiliated with the Athletic Department, also function as intramural leagues. Unofficial, though popular, intramural organizations include basketball and softball leagues, which generally spring up every so often. Enterprising groups of students often play touch football on the Hart lawn, too.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Nickname
The Crusader
Men Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 29%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
301 - 20%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Equestrian (coed)
  • Figure skating
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Sailing (coed)
  • Skiing (coed)
  • Soccer (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
  • Basketball (men's, women's)
  • Floor hockey (coed)
  • Softball (coed)
  • Tennis (coed)
  • Touch Football (men's)
  • Volleyball (coed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
The Hart Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football (men's and women's)
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, hockey
School Spirit
Holy Cross has a lot of school spirit. There's even one day a year-Purple Pride Day-that's dedicated to enlivening school spirit. School spirit is most evident at athletic events, particularly football and basketball games. Holy Cross's every-other-year away football game at Harvard always attracts a large Crusader crowd. The bleachers at basketball games are usually filled with a sea of students wearing purple T-shirts. Most students sport at least one garment of Holy Cross garb-usually either a sweatshirt of a baseball hat. For a small school, Holy Cross has tons of spirit.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be purchased the day of the game for football and basketball, unless the game is particularly important. In cases such as this, ticket reservations can be made. Tickets are generally free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Try the Hill workout. Walk from the bottom of campus at Fitton Field all the way to the top at the Hart Center.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 43% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 51% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 50 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 49 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 39% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 43% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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